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The Mermaid’s Doom Bar and fish and chips with Rick Stein

Padstow harbour

The glorious fishing port of Padstow; some recognise it as the home of Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant; others admire its simple charm. Whatever your reason for visiting this Cornish gem, you’re guaranteed a relaxing trip.

Once you’ve arrived in Padstow, it’s easy to see just how special this place is. The small fishing port is perched on the Camel Estuary, close to magnificent sandy beaches and equally beautiful countryside. With cottages dotted around the working harbour, Padstow has gained a reputation for being one of Cornwall’s most picturesque towns.

With fishing boats gently bobbing in the harbour and open views across the estuary, it’s hard not to fall in love with Padstow. With such a rich fishing heritage, sampling some of the town’s local seafood dishes is a must. Of course Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant is renowned and a popular choice among visitors and locals alike. Tuck into a ragout of Cornish Sole in miso sauce and spring vegetables or delectable stir-fried mussels. Alternatively, check out Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 for more fresh seafood dishes with a Cornish twist. Another highly recommended restaurant is Rojano’s On The Square – a quaint Italian restaurant with pizzas and pastas packed with flavour.

Padstow beach

Don’t forget about Padstow’s traditional pubs, too. Firm favourites include The Harbour Inn and The Shipwrights Inn. If you’d like a memento from your visit, Padstow Brewing Company produces its own local ales.

Wandering through the harbour, you will find a range of independent craft and gift shops, bookshops, bakeries, grocers and, of course, galleries. Padstow is home to some delightful galleries, showcasing the work of talented local artists. Be sure to visit the Picture House Gallery, Padstow Fine Art, and Beyond The Sea to pick up a souvenir.

Keen walkers will be in heaven here, as the spectacular South West Coast Path passes through the town heading north towards Hartland Point, and West to Land’s End. If you’re looking for a calm walk, try the Padstow Circular Walk. The Camel Trail is also a great choice, leading you along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow.

Despite its traditional roots as a fishing and trading port, Padstow has a quirky May Day celebration. The Padstow Obby Oss event sees local men dressed in elaborate outfits, reminiscent of its history with men dressed as horses, parading through the streets. This colourful celebration should definitely be on your to-do list if you’re visiting in spring.

“With fishing boats gently bobbing in the harbour and open views across the estuary, it’s hard not to fall in love with Padstow.”

One of Padstow’s many qualities is its prime location, close to some of Cornwall's most spectacular beaches. With Constantine Bay, Harlyn Bay and Treyarnon Bay, you’re in the perfect place for surfing or lazy days on the beach. If you’re venturing out, on the other side of the estuary you’ll find Polzeath, Port Isaac and Wadebridge.

While you’re there

Rick Stein's Café

Designed for everyday eating, enjoy a delicious three course meal.

Prideaux Place

A beautiful Elizabethan manor house that overlooks the pretty harbour town.

St. Enodoc Golf Club

This golf course has fantastic scenic views over the Camel Estuary.

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